“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Soups „
Soups are just so practical. I have a couple of recipes for home-made soups that I use regularly, but there are times when I simply want to heat up a ready-made, top-quality soup to make a quick lunch or snack. This Tesco Finest Puy Lentil and Vine Ripened Tomato Soup is one that I usually have in the fridge for such times. I also take it to work for lunches - half a tub of this and a bread roll at lunchtime will keep me going through the afternoon. It can be either microwaved in its pot, or heated in a pan.
It is a fresh soup so needs to be stored in the fridge, and you will find it in the chilled aisle at Tesco. At £2.20 it is quite expensive, but this is a top-of-the-range soup and I genuinely don't mind paying that for it. Having said that, the Tesco Finest soups regularly come on offer (buy two for £3 is the common one) and as they have a Use By date of around two weeks, you can stock up when the offer runs. According to the pot it can also be frozen, but I've never tried that.
I won't list all the ingredinets (you can read them on Tesco.com), but the soup contains a large variety of vegetables - tomato being the main one at 54%. Lentils account for 8% of the ingredients and, although lentils can be quite bland, there is no blandness in this soup courtesy of the coriander, chilli and garlic included.
This is a very wholesome, filling soup. It is thick in texture, with the consistency of tinned rice pudding (but with lots more flavour!). It is spicy, and both the smell and taste remind me of a curry. Its wonderful red/brown colour and chunky vegetables give it a very appealing appearance. The smell as it is warming is delicious, and it always promotes a lot of interest at work when I produce it. Several people have seen/smelled mine, then gone out and bought it themselves! It looks and tastes like a home-made soup, made from top quality ingredients.
A portion of this contains 180 calories and only 4g of fat (of which only 0.6g is saturated). I suppose the salt level is a little high at 1.1g, but I don't eat much salt in other foods so I forgive it! Impressively, a serving of this soup contains two of your 'five a day' fruit and vegetables, which is brilliant. It is suitable for vegetarians.
This product is superior to any other soup I have ever bought. Tasty and nutritious, it is a filling light meal in itself. I am a vegetarian but my son and husband are not. Often they complain that vegetarian food is boring and 'lacking something'. However they both love this soup and don't seem to even notice that it is meat-free.
I would recommend this soup to everyone.